Andy Procter reveals to PNE.Com the meaning behind his goal celebration at Bury on Tuesday night.
Explaining the reason behind his celebration, Procter told the Club’s website he is delighted to be off the mark for the season.
As soon as Procter’s shot nestled into the back of the net, he headed straight over to the North End dugout to slide in front of manager Graham Westley.
The 29-year-old midfielder started his second game in four days at Gigg Lane and capped off a sterling performance with his first goal for the Club to hand the visitors a 2-1 lead.
“I tried to not let it affect me last year but it did. I felt a lot of pressure last year coming from a smaller club like Accrington to a huge club like Preston. It did take me a long time to find my feet and hopefully I can show
“I have managed to get a couple of games back to back which I haven’t had since last season and hopefully it can continue.
“Some of my performances were not up to the standards I can produce but I have been working hard on the altitude trainer and trying to get more discipline in my game.
“It has been difficult for me this year, I came in during a transitional time for the Club last season and the gaffer showed a lot of faith in me making me captain and it didn’t go as well as I hoped.
It is nearly 12 months since Procter joined North End from neighbours Accrington Stanley. Admitting it was hard last season, he feels he is ready to show the PNE faithful why the manager drafted him in so early into his reign at Deepdale.
“I always fancied Stucki [Thorsten Stuckmann] to save at least one, he is an imposing figure when he is in goal and from finishing in training I know he fills the goal and out of five penalties you fancy him to save at least one. Credit to our lads we have all stuck the ball away well.”
“I used to take penalties for Accrington for many seasons and we practiced them in training and I was striking them really clean. I was happy to step forward first and fortunately the goalkeeper went the wrong way.
He continued: “I was winded at the back post and I should a waiting for Matt Jackson to come on but I didn’t want us to go down to ten men. Bury should have thrown us the ball back and thankfully it has not affected the final result.
Procter made his 301st senior appearance at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night and he was involved in a number of talking incidents including scoring the first penalty for North End in the shootout and was the player injured when Bury scored their controversial equaliser midway through the second period.
“I didn’t plan to do it to be honest it just happened but I am absolutely delighted to be off the mark for the season.”
“When I was playing for Accrington Stanley I equalised in the last minute against Stevenage and the gaffer brings it up regular that I danced in his dugout so I thought I would do it on Tuesday night.
“I have opened my account this season; it was a scrappy game on Tuesday night but the way the lads dug deep and showed a lot of character, we were worthy of the win in the end.